Britain’s New Political Class: The Changing Socio-Demographic Profile of Candidates and MPs, 1945-2015
Funded by the Leverhulme Trust RPG-2013-175
- Dr Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson (UCL), Principal Investigator & Dr Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck), Co-Investigator
- Research Associates: Dr Chrysa Lamprinakou (UCL), Marco Morucci (UCL).
Many in the British public believe the political class to be increasingly out of touch, insular and unable to understand the lives and concerns of ordinary citizens. And recent evidence suggests that politicians are increasingly drawn from a narrowing middle class—a privileged class—despite significant efforts at increasing the descriptive representation of elected representatives. We want to know, is it true? How has the political class changed over time, if at all? To answer these and other questions, we are building a single, comprehensive, publicly available database on the socio-demographic, electoral and institutional profile of candidates and MPs from 1945.